Jeremiah 18:1-12 New International Version (NIV)
At the Potter’s House
18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. 9 And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.
The above was the scriptural reference for today’s message by our Senior Pastor Edris Webbe. We were reminded that we are not a finished work. God still has more to do with us to shape and mold us into the person He desires us to be. The transformation from dirt/clay to a beautiful ceramic vessel require a lot of preparation which includes being baked in extreme heat to ensure a perfect finish. So too as we are going through extreme challenges, God is doing his work and at the end of the process we will be a vessel of honor.
As humans we would much rather skip some of the process because none of us like being uncomfortable but God requires us to remain on the potters wheel so that he contine to do that perfect work in us.
Be encouraged because God is not done with us yet.